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West Bengal Lok Sabha election 2019 voting LIVE updates: BJP accuses EC of not doing enough to ensure free and fair election in state

West Bengal Lok Sabha election LIVE updates: At a press conference, BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar alleged that the Election Commission 'had not done enough' to make the Lok Sabha election free and fair in West Bengal despite the BJP approaching it a number of times.

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West Bengal Lok Sabha election 2019 voting LIVE updates: BJP accuses EC of not doing enough to ensure free and fair election in state

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May 06, 2019 - 14:07 (IST)

VOTER TURNOUT TILL 2 PM: 50 percent

Bangaon: 49.42 percent

Barrackpore: 46.26 percent

Howrah: 45.97 percent

Uluberia: 54.39 percent

Sreerampur: 52.99 percent 

Hooghly: 51.6 percent

Arambag: 53.84 percent

May 06, 2019 - 13:58 (IST)

BJP Bengal delegation to meet CEO

A BJP delegation led by state vice president Jay Prakash Majumdar and member of the election committee Sishir Bajoria, shall meet West Bengal chief electoral officer (CEO) over the party's demand for re-polling in the state's Barrackpore constituency. Initial reports said BJP wants repolling in Barrackpore.

Input by A Ghose

May 06, 2019 - 13:50 (IST)

Voters in Bangaon accuse people at the booth of influencing votes

In the Bangaon Lok Sabha constituency of West Bengal, voters alleged they were not being allowed to cast their vote by some men.

These women returned from the booth and claimed they were being denied voting rights. They said, "The leaders at the booth said, 'Who will you vote for? Didi? We'll do it for you'.

She also alleged that her brother and sister were manhandled by the leaders at the booth and that she has been able to stand in line to vote, finally.

Security have reportedly caught hold of these unidentified men who the locals claim are outsiders.

Input by Input by A Ghose

May 06, 2019 - 13:30 (IST)

BJP claims EC hasn't done enough to ensure free and fair election in West Bengal

At a press conference, BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar alleged that the Election Commission "had not done enough" to make the Lok Sabha election free and fair in West Bengal despite the BJP approaching it a number of times.

May 06, 2019 - 13:09 (IST)

VOTER TURNOUT TILL 1 PM: 35 percent

Bangaon: 38.86 percent

Barrackpore: 39.21 percent

Howrah: 41.63 percent

Uluberia: 36.07 percent

Sreerampur: 39 percent 

Hooghly: 43.58 percent

Arambag: 36.53 percent

May 06, 2019 - 13:02 (IST)

BJP supporters allegedly beaten up by TMC workers

In the Farsa road area of West Bengal's Howrah Lok Sabha constituency, BJP supporters have allegedly been beaten up by TMC workers. The TMC workers are are also threatening violence against the BJP supporters' families.

Input by SS Parveen

May 06, 2019 - 12:57 (IST)

BJP alleges central security forces not deployed in West Bengal

Amid reports of clashes between the BJP and TMC in West Bengal, the BJP has claimed that central security forces have not been deployed in the state. The saffron party also accused TMC workers of "influencing" voters.

However, Election Commission officials were quoted by reports as saying that the poll panel will deploy a total of 578 companies of central forces, which will cover almost 100 percent polling booths.

May 06, 2019 - 12:51 (IST)

West Bengal Poll observer's appointment challenged in SC

The appointment of special poll observer Vivek Dubey has been challenged in the Supreme Court, India Today reported. The development comes amid clashes between Trinamool Congress and BJP workers in the Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency.

More details are awaited.

May 06, 2019 - 12:41 (IST)

CPM worker dies after clash with TMC

A CPM worker Sheikh Kamril died after alleged clashes with Trinamool Congress workers in East Burdwan in West Bengal. However, this region did not go to polls on Monday. CPM tweeted that five other members of the party were also hospitalised.

May 06, 2019 - 12:35 (IST)

Visuals of polling at Howrah constituency

Election Commission spokesperson tweeted that polling in full swing in Vivekananda colony, under Howrah Constituency.

West Bengal Lok Sabha election LATEST updates: At a press conference, BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar alleged that the Election Commission "had not done enough" to make the Lok Sabha election free and fair in West Bengal despite the BJP approaching it a number of times.

In the Farsa road area of West Bengal's Howrah Lok Sabha constituency, BJP supporters have allegedly been beaten up by TMC workers. The TMC workers are are also threatening violence against the BJP supporters' families.

West Bengal reported stray incidents of violence in Bangaon, Hooghly and Barrackpore seats, an election official said. However, further details were awaited. Around 33 percent of nearly 1.17 crore voters cast their ballots till 12 pm of polling in the seven constituencies of West Bengal.

BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar addressed the press after reports of clashes between BJP and TMC workers in West Bengal's Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency and demanded a re-poll in the constituency, which reports said is a "prestige" battle for the parties.

The saffron party is also blaming West Bengal chief minister for the stray incidents of violence reported in the state.

Voters appeared angry and were agitating against TMC workers after they allegedly refused to allow the voters to enter the booth in Nadia district's Kalyani in Bangaon Lok Sabha constituency. The complaints came from booth no 246,226,276.

Arjun Singh, the BJP candidate from Barrackpore alleged that he was attacked by TMC workers as the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election got underway on Monday. He said, "I was attacked by TMC goons who have been brought from outside. Those people were scaring away our voters. I am injured."

Seven Lok Sabha constituencies spread across three districts in West Bengal will go to polls in the fifth phase of elections on Monday. The ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and Left Front constituent CPM are the main contenders in the seven seats where the fate of 83 candidates will be decided by a 1,16,91,889-strong electorate.

To ensure free and fair polling in Bongaon (SC), Barrackpur, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambagh (SC) seats, the Election Commission will deploy a total of 578 companies of central forces, which will cover almost 100 percent polling booths, officials said.

The campaign for these constituencies have seen poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Mamata also participated in a number of roadshows, including one on the last day.

The TMC has fielded Mamata Thakur against BJP nomiee Shantanu Thakur inviting a split in the Matua community in the Bangaon (SC) seat. The CPM has nominated Alakesh Das, while the Congress has fielded Sourav Prosad.

Shantanu Thakur was injured in an accident on Saturday. Matua votes were considered a major factor in the Trinamool Congress' win in the 2011 and 2016 Assembly polls. With an estimated population of 30 lakh in the state, Matuas can influence results in at least five Lok Sabha seats in North and South 24 Parganas districts.

In Barrackpore, the TMC has fielded Dinesh Trivedi against BJP's Arjun Singh who defected from the TMC ahead of the polls. The Congress has nominated Mohammad Alam and the CPM's candidate is Gargi Chatterjee.

The Howrah Lok Sabha seat will see footballer-turned-polictician Prasun Banerjee of the TMC locking horns with BJP's Rantidev Sengupta. The Congress has nominated Suvra Ghosh and the CPM has nominated Sumitro Adhikary.

In Uluberia, TMC's Sajda Ahmed will contest against Joy Banerjee of the BJP. The Congress has fielded Shoma Ranisree Roy and Maksuda Khatun has been nominated by the CPM. Kalyan Banerjee is the TMC candidate from Sreerampur against BJP's Debjit Sarkar. The Congress has nominated Debabrata Biswas and the CPM named Tirthankar Ray for the seat.

In Hooghly the seat, Dr Ratna De Nag of the TMC will contest against BJP's celebrity candidate Locket Chatterjee. The CPM has nominated Pradip Saha and the Congress has fielded Pratul Chandra Saha for the seat.

In the Arambagh (SC) seat, TMC's Aparupa Poddar will contest against Tapan Kumar Ray of the BJP. The CPM has fielded Sakti Mohan Malik and the Congress has nominated Jyoti Kumari Das.

Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPATs will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.

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